Caulanthus inflatus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Caulanthus
C. inflatus
Binomial name
Caulanthus inflatus

Caulanthus inflatus, the desert candle, also referred to as squaw cabbage,[1] is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native to the Mojave Desert of California and Nevada, and the southern Sierra Nevada and Transverse Ranges in the United States. It is found at elevations between 150–1,500 metres (490–4,920 ft).[2]


Caulanthus inflatus is an annual plant growing up to 70 cm in height, with a thick, swollen stem that looks like a yellow candle. The basal leaves are 2–7 cm long, smaller higher up the stem. The flowers are small, with four reddish-purple petals.[3]


  1. ^ "Squaw-Cabbage (Caulanthus inflatus)". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  2. ^ Jepson
  3. ^ "USDA". Archived from the original on 2005-11-27. Retrieved 2006-02-14.
Caulanthus inflatus closeup
Caulanthus inflatus closeup